NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Police officers are searching for a man who shot a store employee in the stomach after finding no money at a convenience store early Friday morning.
At 1:04 a.m., police responded to the A1 Convenience Store on 4327 Spruill Ave. in reference to a 911 hang up and building alarm.
As a police officer was responding to the scene he was told by emergency personnel that the business had been robbed. When the officer got to the store he met with a clerk who said he was robbed and his employee had been shot.
The clerk said it all started when he was locking up for the night. According to the clerk, as he was approaching the store door he saw his employee and the suspect outside.
The clerk told police he saw the suspect hit the employee in the head with a gun. According to investigators, the suspect pulled the employee into the store then demanded the clerk to open the safe and get money.
The clerk said when he was not able to get any money for the suspect, the suspect randomly shot his gun inside the store and turned around to walk out.
Investigators say as the suspect was walking out, he fired one round into the employee's lower stomach area.
A police report states the suspect then walked out of the store and fled towards Bexely Street. The victim was transported to MUSC.
Detectives reported when they spoke to the clerk about the incident they noticed a single gunshot hole to his pant leg.
Authorities describe the suspect as a black male, 6-foot tall, 215 pounds, and wearing a black ski mask, black shirt and camo pants (brown and green).
NCPD officials released pictures of the suspect armed with a gun. If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.